Hugo Canoilas
Lisbon, Portugal, 1977. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Hugo Canoilas works from a chaos that exists in the universe of the painter, formed by all the paintings existing a priori in his head, and by the artistic, political and social events which are excessively multiplying in contemporary life. This is how we watch the development of a work in a constant mutation, freely using a wide range of languages ​​and media, and manifesting itself in a heterogeneous way between the scholar and the popular, the social and the artistic, especially bringing together several forms, in a mimesis between the author’s ethos and praxis.

Canoilas wants to renew the view about what was already said and done, freeing up the cliché in art, reinforced by a way of exhibiting the works in installations or constellations conceived by himself.  The permanent immediacy, the affectedness of the work by the one that comes after, is implied. It requires the viewer, often through a “horizontal platform” between him and the work, as it happens in the street interventions, where a priori nothing indicates that the object in front of the one that passes on the street is an art work. Instead, it establishes a relation between an entity (the work) and another (the Other).

Hugo Canoilas has been internationally participating in several solo and group shows, and was selected for the last edition of the São Paulo Biennial.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)
2017
Can it be that it was all so simple then, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania, Italy.
2016
Debaixo do Vulcão, MNAC/SONAE ART CYCLES, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal.
Unfaithful to daydreams, Workplace Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
Amo-te na boca, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal.
Meanwhile, what about Socialism?, AV Festival 2016, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, United Kingdom.
I’ll devour your eyes, Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, Austria.
2015
Passos dias a voar, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
The sun in darkness, Gallery Weingrüll, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Someone a long time ago, now, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, Escócia, Reino Unido.
2013
Fierce: Riding the wave fiercely with no fear, Workplace London, London, United Kingdom.
Ve.sch, Galeria Nosbaum&Reding, Luxembourg (with Martin Vesely).
Wound, Ve.Sch, Vienna, Austria.
Spirit of the air, WAF Kunstbuero, Vienna, Austria.
Magma, Workplace Gallery, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
2012
Pássaros do Paraíso, 30th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil.
The isle of the dead, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
2011
Spoken words and white walls, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal.
Provisoriamente Definitivos ou definitivamente Provisórios, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal.
Opere nomadi, Galeria Collicaligreggi, Catania, Italy.
Untitled (we can be altogether), Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal.
2010
A painting is getting its kicks, Galerie 1M3, Lausanne, Switzerland.
To fall in height, Galerie Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
2009
A corridor between M. e K, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
Paisagens, Certamen Explum, Puerto Lumbreras, Spain.
2008
Endless Killing, Huarte - Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Huarte, Spain.
Labyrinth, Galerie Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg, Luxemboug.
Peinture , Sculpture, Architecture, Politique, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal.
2007
Vota Octávio Pato - Ten reasons to be a member, Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany.
2006
Propaganda, Workplace gallery, Gateshead/Newcastle, United Kingdom.
English paintings and other works, Palácio da Ajuda, Lisbon, Portugal.
Group Exhibitions (selection)
2017
Maieutics, Fluc, Vienna, Austria.
THEM OR US! A Project on Scientific, Social and Political Fiction, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal.
Silly Symphony, Hoast, Vienna, Austria.
Constructing Paradise, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York, USA.
2016
Transitioning Spaces, Art+Text Budapest, Budapest, Hungary.
2015
A Foreign Encounter, Galerie Foe 156, Munich, Germany.
Colore Uniti, Win Messe, Vienna, Austria.
Another Destination, Parallel Wien, Alte Post, Vienna, Austria.
Crocodile, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany.
Arquipélago, Matadouro, Porto, Portugal.
Ficarra Contemporary Divan, Ficarra, Italy.
Dio Horia in Mykonos, Dio Horia, Greece.
Import Export, Skulpturinstitut, Vienna, Austria.
Dromosphere, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania, Italy.
Cold Places, Galerie Andreas Hueber, Vienna, Austria.
Granpallazzo, Palazzo Rospigliosi, Rome, Italy.
Destination Wien 2015, Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsplatz 1, Wien, Austria.
2014
Ciao!, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania, Italy.
Um cadáver esquisito para o século XXI, Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, Lisbon, Portugal.
When elephants come marching in, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Liberdade, College of Arts, University of Coimbra, Portugal.
syllabus 1_talking about art and life, Galleria collicaligreggi, Catania, Italy.
Arbeiter kehrt heim, Franz Josefs Kai 3 Gallery, Wien, Austria.
2013
General Strike, Dienstag Abend at The Mews Project and ArtReview project space, London, Reino Unido.
Galerie Kamm, Berlin, Germany.
Parallel Vienna 2013, Vienna, Austria.
Was ist Kunst? - Mirrors of Production, Jaqueline Martins Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil.
On Things - On Minds, Kunstverein Schattendorf, Schattendorf, Austria.
2012
Are you still awake?, Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal.
Drawing Quote!, Pigna Project Space, Rome, Itália.
Porta Nigra: Black Gate, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
Critical Alliances, PM Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia.
Strata, Sammlug Lenikus, Vienna, Austria.
Infinite tasks, Museu Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal.
Beyond history, Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães, Guimarães, Portugal.
CCC _ Collecting Collections and Concepts, Guimarães 2012, Fábrica ASA, Guimarães, Portugal.
2011
Wallpaperism, Motel Campo, Carouge/ Genève, Switzerland.
ESAD 90 -10. 20 years of fine arts, Edifício Somafre, Lisbon, Portugal.
NeoSI: neue Situationiste Inter...nationale, Shattendorf Kunstverein, Austria.
Just photography, Martos Gallery, New York, USA.
The days of this society are numbered, Abrons Art Center, New York, USA.
2010
Originalfunktional, Wiener Art Foundation, Vienna, Austria.
Bienal PortugalArte10 - Personal freedom, Pavilhão de Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal.
Entre Muros (Junho das Artes 10), Óbidos, Portugal.
People, Fundação EDP, Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon, Portugal.
Drawing Time, Galerie Poirel Nancy – FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France.
Broken fall (geometric), Enrico Astuni Studio, Bologna, Italy.
Don't stand so close to me, Ragnarhof, Vienna, Austria.
2009
KAAP, Fort Ruigehoek, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Fiac 2009, Galerie Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Paris, France.
De Malangatana a Pedro Cabrita Reis – obras da CGD, CCC - Caldas da Rainha, Centro Cultural de Sines and Mosteiro de Tibães, Portugal.
Landscape, Gallerie Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
2008
8th Gyumri Biennial – parallel histories , Portuguese Representation, Gyumri, Armenia.
Articulações, Allgarve, Antiga Fábrica da Cerveja, Faro, Portugal.
Second nature, Dexia Bank, Luxembourg, Luxembourgo/ Domaine de Chamarande, Chamarande, France.
2007
Dear painter paint me… with heart and reason, Trafó Contemporay Art Center, Budapest, Hungary.
Antimonuments, AH Galeria de Arte Contemporânea, Viseu, Portugal.
Awards
2002
1st Prize, Prémio Francisco Wandschneider, ANJE, Porto, Portugal.
2001
1st Prize (Photography), Jov’ arte, Loures, Portugal.
Sammlung Lenikus, Austria.
Collections
Banco de España, Spain.
Fundação Carmona e Costa, Portugal.
CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém, Portugal.
Caixa Geral de Depósitos collection, Portugal.
PCR (Pedro Cabrita Reis) collection, Portugal.
Budapest Galéria, Hungary.
ANJE – Associação de Jovens Empresários, Portugal.
Fundação PLMJ, Portugal.
Loures Town Hall, Portugal.
As tribos, 2011-2014. Photo processed with epoxy resin on aluminium. 150 x 100 cm 
Fala fogo espírito santo versus letra morta, 2011-2014. Photo processed with epoxy resin on aluminium. 150 x 100 cm 
As frases caem mortas na água, 2011-2014. Photo processed with epoxy resin on aluminium. 150 x 100 cm 
Nós não queremos poder, 2011-2014. Photo processed with epoxy resin on aluminium. 150 x 100 cm 
Saí do meu corpo. Deixei que ele sofresse., 2011-2014. Photo processed with epoxy resin on aluminium. 150 x 100 cm 
Os prazeres da onça, 2011-2014. Photo processed with epoxy resin on aluminium. 150 x 100 cm 
Águas de Noé passando sobre a terra . Espadas - Fome - Bestas - Feras - Peste, 2011-2014. Photo processed with epoxy resin on aluminium. 150 x 100 cm 
Do teu corpo em chamas, 2011-2014. Photo processed with epoxy resin on aluminium. 150 x 100 cm 
The miracle exists, it is temporary, 2015. Various materials. 350 x 800 x 250 cm 
Self portrait in Vesch, 2014. Shoes, aluminum and underwear with two potatoes. 150 x 60 x 30 cm 
Self portrait with trousers down, 2014. Painted bronze, edition of 2/3 + AP. 30 x 55 x 30 cm 
Untitled, (People), 2010. 52 different surfaces painted in white and with texts about the idea of People installed in the streets of Lisbon 
Untitled people, 2011. Enamel on various materials. 350 x 1800 x 30 cm 
Les champignons ne tue plus, 2014. Shoe, aluminum, photo print, acrylic and epoxy resin. 35 x 30 x 10 cm 
Les champignons ne tue plus, 2014. Shoe, aluminum, photo print, acrylic and epoxy resin. 35 x 30 x 10 cm 
Art entre le cerveau et le stomac, 2009. Acrylic and aniline on paper mounted on canvas. 40 x 30 cm 
Read and spread the power of people, 2009. Acrylic and aniline on paper mounted on canvas. 40 x 30 cm 
Votre pensée, 2009. Acrylic and aniline on paper mounted on canvas. 40 x 30 cm 
A monster and a chaos, 2009. Oil on paper mounted on canvas. 40 x 30 cm 
An erotic image, 2010. Oil on canvas. 150 x 110 cm 
I love your idols, 2010. Oil on canvas. 75 x 75 cm 
Anthropophagic painting, 2010. Oil on canvas. 170 x 160 cm